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List of famous lexicographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top lexicographers in the world? This includes the most prominent lexicographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lexicographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lexicographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lexicographers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known lexicographers to the lesser known lexicographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lexicographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lexicographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous lexicographers?" then you're in the right place. (89 items)
Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
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Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher he moved to London, where he ...more

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959. He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March ...more

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#6 on The Best Writers of All Time

#55 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#1 on The Best Fantasy Authors

#64 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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William Craigie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
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Sir William Alexander Craigie was a philologist and a lexicographer. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he was the third editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and co-editor of the 1933 supplement. From 1916 to 1925 he was also Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford. He married Jessie Kinmond Hutchen of Dundee, born 1864 or 65, died 1947, daughter of William. He lectured on lexicography at the University of Chicago while working on the Dictionary of American English and the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, a project he pioneered. Many twentieth-century American lexicographers studied under Craigie as a part of his lectureship, including ...more

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Eric Partridge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
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Eric Honeywood Partridge was a New Zealand–British lexicographer of the English language, particularly of its slang. His writing career was interrupted only by his service in the Army Education Corps and the RAF correspondence department during World War II. ...more

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